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White Sox trade for reliever Gregory Santos from the Giants

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The White Sox add a new reliever to the mix.

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As first reported by FanSided’s Robert Murray, the team gets right relief pitcher Gregory Santos from the San Francisco Giants. The White Sox later said in a press release that Little League right-hander Cady McClure was returning to the Bay Area in return.

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Santos, 23, originally signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in August 2015 and spent the next season with their DSL team. He was then traded to San Francisco as part of the 2017 Deadline that sent player Eduardo Nunez to Boston. After earning a spot on a 40-man roster prior to the 2020 Rule 5 draft, Santos made his debut with the Giants in April 2021, though it was short-lived. Major League Baseball slapped him with an 80-game suspension in June after he tested positive for Stanozolol, a banned performance-enhancing drug.

Coming back last year, Santos went 1-2 with a 4.63 ERA (18 ER/35.0 IP), one save, four homers, and 37 strikeouts (9.51 per 9.0 IP) over 35 appearances (two starts) between Triple-A Sacramento and The University of Arizona Black Giants Complex. Through the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, Santos posted a solid strikeout rate of 23% and a ground ball rate of 51.7%. Unfortunately, his leadership problems over the course of his career resurfaced, as he passed 13.5% of the batters he faced. The right also made two relief appearances with San Francisco, allowing two runs on three hits with two hits on 3.2 IP.

San Cristobal, Dominican Republic went 11-16 with a 3.56 ERA (89 ER/225.0 IP), two saves, four hits, and 190 strikeouts over 97 games (44 starts) in six minor league career seasons in the San Francisco and Boston organizations. He has appeared in five major league games with the Giants since 2021, going 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA (7ER/5.2 IP) and five strikeouts.

San Francisco eventually decided it was time for a change and designated Santos for assignment on December 19. After the move, the Giants had one week to either trade Santos or allow him to go through waivers. Given his young age and one elective year remaining, the White Sox seemed intrigued enough to take a flier over the reliever and allow him to serve in a similar role as a depth piece at least.

Control issues aside, Santos had an average fastball speed of 98.8 mph during his short MLB stint in 2022. If the White Sox can figure out a way to reduce walks and improve their driving, there’s a chance a high-energy relief option Swinging between Triple-A Charlotte and the South Side.

As for McClure, the 28-year-old went from 16 to 18 with a 4.03 ERA (164 ER/366.2 IP) and 369 strikeouts over 108 games (59 starts) in five minor league seasons in the White Sox organization. He was selected by Chicago in the sixth round of the 2017 First Year Player Draft.

With the move, the White Sox roster of 40 men increased to 38.


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